“AI in ART”: a FACT Late night

Tuesday 25 September / 6pm – 8pm / FACT / Free, Booking required

Join the  conversation between a group of young people, artists and curators working with AI; Luba Elliot, Anna Ridler, and Birgitte Aga, Coral Manton and Mike Phillips from the i-DAT Collective.

With the evolution of AI (Artificial Intelligence) as a ubiquitous cultural force, there is an emergent debate about the role of AI in art, and its validity as art. AI in ART attempts to extend this conversation to examine to the role of art practice in engaging the public in a wider debate around the future impact of AI on the individual and the society as a whole.

The event brings together artists and curators working with AI for a conversation with a group of teenagers who have been prototyping AI art as part of intensive summer workshops with artist collective i-DAT. The participants will present their work and be interrogated by the group of young people who will ask the kinds of questions we wouldn’t think of, or dare to ask. In shaping their future these conversations will explore their artificial cultural inheritance.

The event is organised by the i-DAT Collective with a group of young people, in partnership with FACT and KARST.

The event is part of the Infinite Guide Project which is funded by the Arts Council England and the University of Plymouth.

Image credit: Ron Gonzalez

The Infinite Guide can be experienced online.

Participants Biographies:

Birgitte Aga is an interdisciplinary artist, technologist, researcher and co-producer, and part of the i-DAT Collective. She creates collaborative and data-driven work which speculates around the emergent dystopian/utopian relationship between humans and artificial intelligence technologies, driven by (biased) data and interacted with through natural language interfaces. Her work is always collaborative and participatory (with people and systems) driven by an ambition to engage, provoke and involve more people in reflecting and discussing their desired future relationship with AI technologies and data. 

Luba Elliott is a curator, artist and researcher specialising in artificial intelligence in the creative industries. She is currently working to educate and engage the broader public about the latest developments in creative AIthrough monthly meetups, talks and tech demonstrations. This year, she is curating Impakt Festival in October, themed on post-truth and AI. As curator, she organised workshops and exhibitions on art and AI for The Photographers’ Gallery, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Google. Prior to that, she worked in start-ups, including the art collector database Larry’s List. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge and has a certificate in Design Thinking from the Hasso-Plattner-Institute D-school in Potsdam.

Coral Manton is an interdisciplinary artist, technologist, researcher and curator, and part of the i-DAT Collective.  She has a special interest in archives and exposing underrepresentation within online histories through data visualisation - adopting immersive technologies to explore networked visualisations of cultural data. She is a Research Affiliate of the British Library specialising in digital collections and contemporary knowledge paradigms shaped by online sharing. She is interested in the effect that underrepresentation of female histories and trolling/hijacking of female voices online has on future AI technologies. She uses Algoraves and live coding as a feminist action - promoting women in technology through visibly working with code - defining rules and breaking them.

Mike Phillips is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University, the Director of Research at i-DAT.org and a Principal Supervisor for the Planetary Collegium. His R&D orbits a portfolio of projects that explore the ubiquity of data ‘harvested’ from an instrumentalised world and its potential as a material for revealing things that lie outside our normal frames of reference – things so far away, so close, so massive, so small and so ad infinitum.

Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who lives and works in London. She has degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University, University of Arts London and have shown at a variety of cultural institutions and galleries including Ars Electronica, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Leverhulme Centre for Future Intelligence, Tate Modern and the V&A. She is a recipient of this year's European Media Art Program (partnering with Impakt) and the winner of the 2018-2019 Dare Art Prize. She is interested in working with abstract collections of information or data, particularly self-generated data sets, to create new and unusual narratives in a variety of mediums, and how new technologies, such as machine learning, can be used to translate them to an audience. She is currently working with and researching the creative potential of machine learning.

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